Plenary 5: Agriculture and Natural Resources


Elizabeth Shogren is an NPR News Science Desk correspondent focused on covering environment and energy issues and news.

Since she came to NPR in 2005, Shogren's reporting has covered everything from the damage caused by the BP oil spill on the ecology of the Gulf Coast, to the persistence of industrial toxic air pollution as seen by the legacy of Tonawanda Coke near Buffalo, to the impact of climate change on American icons like grizzly bears.

Prior to NPR, Shogren spent 14 years as a reporter on a variety of beats at The Los Angeles Times, including four years reporting on environmental issues in Washington, D.C., and across the country. While working from the paper's Washington bureau, from 1993-2000, Shogren covered the White House, Congress, social policy, money and politics, and presidential campaigns. During that time, Shogren was given the opportunity to travel abroad on short-term foreign reporting assignments, including the Kosovo crisis in 1999, the Bosnian war in 1996, and Russian elections in 1993 and 1996. Before joining the Washington bureau, Shogren was based in Moscow where she covered the breakup of the Soviet Union and the rise of democracy in Russia for the newspaper.

Beginning in 1988, Shogren worked as a freelance reporter based in Moscow, publishing in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including Newsweek, The Dallas Morning News, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Washington Post. During that time, she covered the fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful revolution in Prague.

Shogren's career in journalism began in the wire services. She worked for the Associated Press in Chicago and at United Press International in Albany, NY.

Throughout Shogren's career she has received numerous awards and honors including as a finalist for the 2011 Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting, the National Wildlife Federation National Conservation Achievement Award, the Meade Prize for coverage of air pollution and she was an IRE finalist. She is a member of Sigma Delta Chi and the Society of Professional Journalist.


Yannick Glemarec joined the UN in 1989. He has held increasingly responsible positions with UNDP Country Offices in Viet Nam, China and Bangladesh. He served as UNDP Executive Coordinator for the Global Environment Facility and Director of Environment Finance in New York from June 2007 to January 2012. He was appointed Executive Coordinator of the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office in February 2013. In this present capacity, he has primary responsibility for the establishment and administration of about 100 trust funds supporting humanitarian, post conflict, development and climate actions in over 100 countries.

He holds a PhD from the University of Paris in Environment Sciences, and two Master Degrees in Hydrology and in Business Administration. He has authored and co-authored several publications in the field of environment, low carbon development and sustainable development finance.


Rebecca Lent is the Executive Director of the Marine Mammal Commission. A marine economist by training, she earned a Ph.D. in Resource Economics from Oregon State University in 1984. Her dissertation focused on modeling price determination in the global salmon market. After completing her dissertation, she received the Chateaubriand Fellowship from the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. to conduct post-doctoral research at the Concarneau Laboratoire de Biologie Maritime on the ex-vessel market impacts of government minimum prices. Dr. Lent then moved to Canada to teach and conduct research in agricultural and resource economics at the Université du Québec à Rimouski(1984-86) and Université Laval (1986-1992). In 1992 she joined the Highly Migratory Species Division at NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, where she served as Economist and then Division Chief. Dr. Lent joined the Senior Executive Service in 2000, serving as the Regional Administrator of the Southwest Region, the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, and the Director of the Office of International Affairs. She joined the Marine Mammal Commission in 2013.


Christopher Shore is World Vision International's Director of Natural Environment and Climate Issues. A serial "intrapreneur", Chris has led this relatively new part of World Vision's work since 2006 when he began investigating if and how to harness the emerging markets for carbon credits for poverty alleviation. As World Vision began understanding better the issues involved in climate change, Chris changed roles and began leading this work full-time. His team works on issues of environmental restoration and protection, as well as climate change adaptation, mitigation, and advocacy.

Through 2008 Chris led World Vision's work in Economic Development. In this capacity World Vision laid out a strategy of ensuring sustainable access to financial services, markets, technology, information, and know-how. Chris led the development of World Vision's first work in economic recovery, and into innovative ways of raising microfinance capital. In the area of microfinance, under Chris' leadership, World Vision grew its work in microfinance from $18 million to $175 million in lending capital, working in 47 countries. Chris was the founder of VisionFund International which is World Vision's holding and operating company for its microfinance operations. VisionFund has continued to grow and now has over $340 million in lending portfolio.

Prior to moving to California in 2000, Chris led World Vision's work in Romania. Chris not only led the organization into rural economic development, innovative partnerships, and large social movements, but expanded the work he helped begin in microfinance, in reforming the governmental system of care for special needs children, and was instrumental in leading World Vision's work which modeled in three counties the restructuring of the entire system of care for children for the nation, moving it from an institutional basis to a family basis.



Tony Slatyer is a First Assistant Secretary in the Australian Government Department of the Environment.  He heads the Water Reform Division of the Department.

In this role, Mr. Slatyer has been a lead adviser to the Australian Government on water resource policy matters, including responses to the millennium drought, improvements to the national water market, and the current Murray-Darling Basin water reforms.

Mr. Slatyer held a number of other senior executive positions in the Australian Public Service, with environment, transport and regional development policy responsibilities. 

Mr. Slatyer holds degrees in Law and Arts from the Australian National University.


Tom Tidwell has spent 33 years in the Forest Service. He has served in a variety of positions at all levels of the agency, including as district ranger, forest supervisor, and legislative affairs specialist in the Washington Office. As deputy regional forester for the Pacific Southwest Region, Tom facilitated collaborative approaches to wildland fire management, roadless area management, and other issues. As regional forester for the Northern Region, Tom strongly supported community-based collaboration in the region, finding solutions based on mutual goals and thereby reducing the number of appeals and lawsuits. In 2009, after being named Chief, Tom set about implementing the Secretary’s vision for America’s forests. Under his leadership, the Forest Service is restoring healthy, resilient forest and grassland ecosystems—ecosystems that can sustain all the benefits that Americans get from their wildlands, including plentiful supplies of clean water, abundant habitat for wildlife and fish, renewable supplies of wood and energy, and more. Under Tom’s leadership, the Forest Service has charted a national roadmap for addressing climate change through adaptation and mitigation. Such challenges cross borders and boundaries; no single entity can meet them alone. Under Tom’s leadership, the Forest Service is working with states, Tribes, private landowners, and other partners for landscape-scale conservation—to restore ecosystems on a landscape scale.